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Acropolis of Rhodes

Acropolis of rhodes was situated on the tallest place of Rhodes. It was a monumental zone, a place for worshiping, sanctuaries, subterranean areas and subterranean places for worshiping the gods.

The buildings were constructed gradually in different levels above opened and flat places and were held from sftronf walls. The spirit of the hellenistic architecture in Acropolis of Rhodes is reflected perfectly with the combination of natural beauty and artificial intervension. The monuments of Acropolis are since the hellenistic and post hellenistic period (3rd century -2nd century b.c.)

The excavations that were done from the Italian arcaheologic school during 1912-1945. The hellenic Archaeologic Service from 1946 and afterwards did a lot of excavations that helped in the identification of the area. Acropolis has not been excavated yet. There is an area of 1250 that Rhodians are not allowed to built in order the archaeological service to continue the excavations. Excavations stopped in 1946 and have never been started again.

A number of important errections have been done from the Italians according to the spirit of that period. Since 1945 and then after the departure of Italians everything remained the same.

The most important monuments of the area are:

Temple of Athina Poliada and Zeus Polieos

They are situated on the nothern hill of Acropolis. It has a direction from East to West. It was of doriean style limestoned and had a stoa with pillars on it's four outter sides. The nine huge vertebra part of the capital and the epistyle that are situated now on the ground signify it's monumental type. Rhodians were holding the treaties with other countries . The temple was placed among a wider temple that was appointed on the east from a stoa.

They are situated east and south of the walls of the stoa.

Northwest of the stadium there is an errected a small marble conservatory, IT had capacity for 800 viewers and was used for musicals, or as an area for lessons taught from famous Rhodian rhetors.

Temple of Pythioy Apoolona

It is situated on the south part of the hill,on the west side of a big orthogonal flat and open space. It had east to west orientation. It was limestoned pavillion but smaller than the temple of Athina and Zeus. The northwest side has been errected with 4 pillars and a part of the epistyle.

Stoic Construction

Today is saved the wall of the basis of the stoa which must have created a marvelous frontage visible from downtown and the ports.


On the northeast side of the same flat and opened place there are relics of other areas for worhiping. One of them seems to be for the worshipping of Artemis.


On the South east foothills there is a stadium with north-south orientation excavated and errected from the Italians. It was 201 meters long. Authentic parts that are saved in the sling, the seats of the formal guest and a few under the benches. It is also saved the seat where the mechanism for the start of the athletes was.


The gymnasium was situated on the east side of the stadium. It was discovered a part of the west side of the symnasium and recently the northeast side was discovered.Gymnasium was important for the art works that contained.


A very small library with remarkable writings mainle of rhetoric content was situated near the gymnasium and the conservatory according to an epigraph that was discovered.


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